Marco Silva admitted Fulham were well short of the level required as Sheffield United under their eleven match unbeaten run at Craven Cottage tonight.

The Whites were stunned by a superb solo goal from Iliman Ndiaye after just three minutes of the contest but struggled to create chances throughout. Silva was honest in his assessment of a desperately disappointing display, telling his post-match press conference:

“We didn’t perform at the level we should do, we only created one or two chance. They scored, and it was our fault because the balance wasn’t good enough. After that, we didn’t create. It was up to us to play with a different intensity, and this evening, we made unforced errors and seemed so nervous to play football. When it’s like this it’s difficult to perform well. If you’re anxious, you’re unable to do your job well. We’ve done so many good things so far, from the start until now.

It wasn’t a good game of football, in my opinion. I know what we should do to win, and that’s to perform better than our opponents and play in our way. This evening we didn’t perform in our way. The players have my feedback.”

Silva and Fulham will seek to return to winning ways against Birmingham City on Boxing Day.

“We’ll analyse more in the next few days and the things we should improve for the next game. Nobody wins or loses anything in the middle of the season. We had a really bad evening, but we’re more than capable to change the situation because we have the capability to do it.”